Thursday, July 2, 2009

Fun for the 4th

Since I wasn't on the ball enough this year to find 4th of July coordinating clothes for my kids, I decided to see if I could make something for Emily. I do not sew, but I am trying to learn, so I found some bandanas in the dollar spot at Target and use them to make the stars to embellish a white tank (which was only $2 at Target). I used that iron-on stuff (you like my technical terminology, right?) to iron on the stars, and we zig-zag stitched around them.

MIL had some leftover ribbon and rick-rack from another project, so she helped me cut off a too-short pair of jeans and embellish them. Dee's mom helped me with all of the sewing, but I think I am going to try something all by myself today while it's fresh on my mind.

My mom made tutus for Emily and my niece Claira, so she told me how she did it, and I made this tutu for Emily. I could have made it longer, but I knew it would be hot on Saturday, so I just wanted to give her something light and fun.

It was a no-sew project except making the waistband. And since the 6'' rolls of tulle were on sale for 1.99 at Hobby Lobby, it was very inexpensive. I got 3 - 25 yd rolls, one red, one white, one blue.

Here's what I did. I should have taken pics of each step, but I wasn't feeling THAT productive.

Cut elastic to fit around E's waist and sewed it together. I sewed this part without any help from MIL ;-)
Cut 27 - 20'' strips from each color of tulle. I cut them 20'' since I wanted the tutu about 10'' long. You would need more strips for a bigger waist and fewer strips for a smaller waist.
Took 3 strips of same color tulle, folded in half over the waistband, and tied in a knot....repeat x 26 going in the desired pattern. I tried to make my pattern like an American flag.
Weave a piece of ribbon through the waist, tie a bow, and burned the ends of the ribbon w/ a lighter.

Done! Cute, easy, and cheap--my kind of project!


Aleta said...

Emily, I'm glad you like America! I love all of your flags, and your mommy did a great job making your new outfit for 4th of July! Happy Birthday America!! Have fun at the parade!

Alisha Stewart said...

So cute! Your post makes me wish I had a little girl to dress up. Maybe someday:)

Rebecca said...

It all turned out so cute!! I wish I was as creative as you. Today I found a red t-shirt in Bryan's closet for him and a little red top for Kylee. No frills, not even cute. I'm jealous.

Kann said...

You did an awesome job!

Kristi said...

Sooooo cute!

Angela said...

Absolutely love the'll have to show me how to make one of those when you're here...I am so excited to see you in a couple weeks!!!! I can't believe it!